February 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm

TA Professional Development | Creating a Winning Impression as a Teacher, Feb. 21

The TA Professional Development Faculty Learning Community in the College of Arts & Sciences is offering a workshop series that can help enhance graduate students’ teaching skills and get them ready for their professional endeavors.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to students who attend three or more workshops.

Feel free to walk in; however, for some of the workshops space is limited. Please sign up online to guarantee your spot.

For more information, contact Dr. Muriel Gallego (Modern Languages) at The Teaching Assistant workshops are facilitated by Gallego, Dr. Erik Boczko (Mathematics), Dr. Edna Lima (Linguistics, ELIP), and Dr. Lara Wallace (Linguistics, ELIP).

Read more about the new professional development teaching program for graduate students.

Upcoming Workshops

Creating a Winning Impression as a Teacher

Micro-Teaching Scenarios: Analyzing Our Teaching Skills

When: Thursday, Feb. 21 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Gordy 110

Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall in your own classroom, to see what your students see? Talking about teaching is one thing, but putting it into practice is another. In this workshop, you will practice handling different situations that arise in the classroom. For those of you who have attended previous workshops in this series, this is your chance to put into practice what you have learned. If this is the first workshop you will attend, it will specifically target your teaching skills and provide you with immediate feedback. Your impromptu teaching demonstration will be video-recorded for analysis in the workshop. You will receive expert advice from teacher trainers on what you can do, and will discuss the experience with your peers. This workshop is capped at 15, so be sure to sign up early!

How to Prepare for the Job Market: Writing a Teaching Philosophy and a Research Statement

When: Tuesday, Feb. 26 – 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Gordy 113

It’s a challenging and stressful time to be on the job market, and it is never too early to start planning and developing your materials. Whether you are interested in teaching, or plan to devote most of your time to research, any job application for an academic appointment will include a Teaching Philosophy and a Research Statement. This workshop will help you craft (or edit) those important documents. Feel free to bring your documents and your computer/tablet.

Teaching STEM Content

When: Tuesday, March 5 – 11 1 p.m.

Where: Gordy 113

Presenting quantitative content can be daunting for the seasoned professor, let alone a graduate teaching assistant. In this workshop we will explore and discuss the challenges involved. A lecture on the topic of diffusion is used as an example throughout to illustrate the basic obstacles. Participants will be asked to critically evaluate different strategies, presentation styles and presentation tools.

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